Steve Benson by Steve Benson

Steve Benson

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  1. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Mr. Pierre was less compelling than Ms. Giffords during yesterday’s hearings. Beyond that, I’ve covered this ground too many times to repeat myself today.
    with frustration,

  2. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    A consequence that many people don’t think about is that foreign travelers from more rational lands perceive that they are likely to be assaulted or robbed in the US by gun wielding maniacs. This is something that I’ve encountered on multiple occasions while traveling outside the US.
    Many people essentially think we’re as violent as Mexico or Afghanistan and take their tourist money to France instead.

  3. lonecat

    lonecat said, over 3 years ago

    Guns don’t kill people, Americans kill people. I’ve given up on gun control. There are too many guns out there now, it’s like plugging a leak after the house has been flooded. Individual Americans are okay, but there’s something deeply wrong with American culture. Too many people seem to think that they can solve a problem — if solve is the right word — by grabbing a gun. Wake up, people!!! This is no way to run a society!!!

  4. Chillbilly

    Chillbilly said, over 3 years ago

    They’re used to violence.

  5. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    ‘I trust the NRA to protect my second amendment rights more than I trust our government.’
    Can you provide sources that formed the basis of your trust?

  6. Fourcrows

    Fourcrows said, over 3 years ago

    “But what about the people who think they can solve a problems with bats, knives, blunt instruments of all sorts?”
    Here’s the difference – using a bat, knife, hammer, etc. requires a differently level of “intimacy” to carry out an act of violence or a murder. You have to get close to the victim, and be within range for them to defend themselves. To commit the murder, you have to be very committed to it, meaning either a) you specifically want that one person dead, or b) you are a psychopath who gets a thrill from the violence. In any case, the assault/murder will take place regardless of the weapon used. I agree a handgun can protect the victim from this, so I am not opposed to open or conceal carry of a standard capacity firearm.
    However, a gun allows a person to fire from a greater distance, across the room or across the street, separating the attacker from the victim, and empowering the assailant with a sense of invulnerability. They can attack without fear of reprisal, and are more likely to carry it out than someone who has to get in there and do it “by hand”. This also opens up more random crimes, the attacker feels power over everyone because they have a gun and will shoot “because they can”.
    Also, a knife, bat, or hammer will not accidentally discharge when pointed at someone, or kill in the heat of an argument, or kill a child who finds it in a drawer. They do not cause accidental deaths.

  7. Respectful Troll

    Respectful Troll said, over 3 years ago

    Thank you, Howgozit. I nod vigorously at your statements.
    Why didn’t D’s and moderate R’s like Governor Romney(2004) do more than merely talk about sensible gun control? And why does it take a tragedy to effect an individual directly before making heroic efforts to prevent it in the future?
    The most obvious answer to your first statement is a lack of willingness to fight against well financed and well organized opposition to an issue, especially if there are other issues one might be able to fix.
    To your second statement, every example I want to use to present a possibility of an entrenched mind changing their position sounds as if I want something bad to happen to a person or organization and that is exactly opposite of what I want to have happen to my neighbors.
    One off topic question…
    Mind if I call you Howie?

  8. DDS029

    DDS029 said, over 3 years ago

    “Then I guess we really don’t need to secure our borders.”
    That’s not the job of the private citizen. You want to do that, join the military, or a law enforcement agency.

  9. DDS029

    DDS029 said, over 3 years ago

    As far as “taking a tragedy to do something”, that’s human nature. It’s the “that can’t happen” mentality. We are reactive by nature, not proactive. Owning an ASSAULT WEAPON doesn’t make you proactive. It makes you ready to be over-reactive.

  10. mikefive

    mikefive said, over 3 years ago

    “How did France get rid of guns?”

    German occupation during WW II? (I don’t really know)

  11. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    I didn’t see you listing any sources for the opinion you hold.

  12. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago

    Yep, Nazi Germany was plenty safe. Unless you were a Jew.

  13. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago

    ‘But why are all those people risking their lives trying to get in here?

    Chillbilly was referring to tourists. He was taking about the perception us non-Americans have of Americans i.e. your country is so bloody violent, we’d rather go to France instead.

    Unless you’ve changed your tourism entry requirements again and it requires a risky border crossing with barking dogs, snipers as well as a biometric enabled passport and/or visa?

  14. echoraven

    echoraven said, over 3 years ago

    He is wanting you to state why the NRA is more trustworthy than the government, since to a lefty the government is the source of all holiness and benevolence and we belong lock, stock and barrel (pun intended) to the most holy of entities; the government.
    To @omQ R check out the Tuskegee syphilis experiment where black men (sharecroppers) were left untreated so the government could study the effects of the disease. The experiment ended in 1972. Look at the year again: 1972. The study was done by U.S. Public Health Service.
    To my knowledge (I know many Kool Aid swigglers will prove me wrong if they can) the NRA has never experimented on people.

  15. omQ R

    omQ R said, over 3 years ago


    ‘“How did France get rid of guns?”
    I recently cycled from London to Paris. Lovely French country-side, chirping birds, EU-subsidised farms, quiet country lanes, pierced only by gun-shots…

    No, from the sounds of things, France hasn’t got rid of guns; they seem to like to hunt. A lot.

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